The KeyBank Business Boost & Build (KBBB) program was designed to support people of color and/or women entrepreneurs & small business owners in urban areas. 

It was powered by nonprofit venture development organization JumpStart Inc. and funded via a historic grant from the KeyBank Foundation.

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG), the lead entity, and its partners Pursuit (formerly known as Excelsior Growth Fund) and the Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) provided various opportunities to help drive your business forward.


After fulfilling our four year commitment, KeyBank concluded the program on June 30, 2021.

The capital region has been so fortunate to have benefitted from this initiative and it was our privilege to work alongside entrepreneurs who were striving to create, stabilize or grow their business.

We were continually inspired by their drive, dedication and stories of resilience.

Below reflects the impacts of the program:

Resources Available

While the program has closed, we can connect you to resources based on the stage of business development and offer numerous ways to help:

• One on one Technical Assistance
                • Strategy & Growth
                • Operations & Efficiencies
• Business Advisory Assistance
• Workshops/webinars/referrals
• Connection to local lenders
• Business Model Development
• Pitch Coaching
• Product Design and Prototyping Assistance

Previous Events

KBBB Kick Off Event 2018
In It to Win IT: MWBE Small Business Competition, Breakfast & Inspirational Panel 2019
Capital Region Urban Core MWBE Emergency Relief Fund – in response to COVID 2020
Pitch Your Pivot Live Competition 2020
KBBB Summer Celebration 2021


For more information please reach out to us at

Funding Partners